Franciscan Friars from Padua, Italy, invite you to join them in welcoming Saint Anthony of Padua to Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church. St. Anthony will be visiting us in the form of two precious and first-class relics from the Pontifical Basilica in Padua, Italy.
The relics will be accompanied by Father Mario Conte, one of fifty-two Conventual Franciscan Friars who minister in the Basilica where the Saint is buried.
Pope Benedict Emeritus said of relics “By inviting us to venerate the mortal remains of the martyrs and saints, the Church does not forget that, in the end, these are indeed just human bones, but they are bones that belonged to individuals touched by the living power of God. The relics of the saints are traces of that invisible but real presence which sheds light upon the shadows of the world and reveals the Kingdom of Heaven in our midst.”
Prayer petitions with holy cards will be distributed by Friar Mario and volunteers to allow parishioners to write their prayer petition to the saint. The writing of a prayer petition is a worldwide tradition when venerating a relic of a saint. Father Conte will bring the petitions back to the Basilica in Padua and place them at the tomb of Saint Anthony. The tour officially ends back at the Tomb of Saint Anthony where the Friars will gather to pray for the saint’s intercession upon our intentions and petitions.
Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church
Holy Masses at 4 PM and 5:30 PM
Veneration until 8 PM
To learn more about St. Anthony of Padua,
please visit: www.saintanthonyofpadua.net
Or call Tom Muscatello, North America
Representative, at 914.263.8841